SALISBURY (DELMARVANOW.COM) — A man was shot and killed by Maryland State Police after injuring a trooper Tuesday night outside the Salisbury barrack, state police said. It was the second time in as many months that a law-enforcement officer had shot and killed someone in Salisbury.
The deceased is identified as Winfield C. Fisher, 32, of Salisbury, Md.
The man may have struck or dragged a trooper with his car while attempting to elude police, who were seeking to investigate him for an unspecified reason, a news release stated.
The incident caused the shutdown of the main commercial thoroughfare on the north side of the city. The most visible sign of what had occurred was a bullet-ridden vehicle sitting along a guardrail into which it had crashed in front of Beracah Homes Sales Center, located about 150 yards north of the state police barrack on North Salisbury Boulevard.
Here is how the state police news release described what happened:
"The preliminary information indicates a man entered the Salisbury Barrack shortly before 8:30 p.m. tonight and asked the duty officer to check a vehicle repair he had made after receiving a safety equipment repair order. The duty officer went outside to the parking spaces in front of the barrack with the man.
"Moments later, the duty officer called for assistance outside the barrack. Another trooper who had just left the barrack returned immediately to assist. At this time, it is believed both troopers fired their department-issued pistols.
"The duty officer was found lying along the edge of the parking lot near the entrance to Route 13. He had sustained injuries consistent with being struck and/or dragged by a vehicle."
The man shot by state police was found inside a vehicle on Route 13 about 150 yards north of the barrack. The vehicle had struck the center median guardrail.
An ambulance transported the man to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The injured trooper was being treated at the hospital for his unspecified injuries.
No names of anyone involved in the violent incident, including that of the deceased man, were made public late Tuesday. The deceased man's identity is expected to be disclosed Wednesday, state police said.
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